Areas of interest
- Philosophy of education
- Moral and political philosophy
- Civic education
- Multicultural education
- Inclusive education and cognitive disability
I write about issues of diversity and education from a philosophical perspective. In particular, I am interested in questions of educational policy that arise in relation to democratic citizenship, cosmopolitanism, cultural identity, nationalism, sexuality, cognitive disability and religion. In examining these topics, I draw on contemporary moral and political philosophy.
McDonough & W. Feinberg (eds.) Citizenship and public education in liberal-democratic societies: Teaching for cultural identity and cosmopolitan values (pp. 1-22). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Guest Edited Journals
With Ratna Ghosh (2011), Canadian Issues (Spring). Special Issue on “Diversity and Education for Liberation: Problems, Possibilities and Realities."
Refereed Journal Articles
McDonough, K., Schwimmer, M. (2018). “Mindfulness and ‘Educational New Ageism’: New directions for research”. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.
McDonough, K., Maxwell, B. & Waddington, D. I. (2015). Teachers, the State and Religious Symbols: a question of professional ethics. Theory and Research in Education.
McDonough, K, Cormier, A. (2013). “Beyond Patriotic Education: Locating the place of nationalism in the public school curriculum”. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.
Maxwell, B. , Waddington, D., McDonough, K., Cormier, A., Schwimmer, M. (August 2012), “Interculturalism, Multiculturalism and the political dilemma of conservative religious schooling”, Educational Theory, Vol. 62.
McDonough, K. (2011). “Voluntary and secret choices of the mind”: The ERC and liberal-democratic aims of education." Religion & Education, Vol. 38.
McDonough, K. (2007). “The ‘Futures’ of Queer Children and the Ideal of the Common School." Journal of Philosophy of Education 41:4, 795-810.
McDonough, K. (2003). Multinational civic education. In K. McDonough & W. Feinberg (eds.), Citizenship and public education in liberal-democratic societies: Teaching for cultural identity and cosmopolitan values (pp. 351-384). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McDonough, K., & Feinberg, W. (2003). Liberalism and the dilemma of public education in multicultural societies. In K. McDonough & W. Feinberg (eds.) Citizenship and public education in liberal-democratic societies: Teaching for cultural identity and cosmopolitan values (pp. 1-22). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McDonough, K. (1998). Can the liberal state support cultural identity schools? American Journal of Education, 106, 463-499.
McDonough, K. (1994). The importance of examples in moral education: An Aristotelian perspective. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 14, 77-103.